What's in a name? (28 April 2017) (New Zealand)

Buddle Findlay

New Zealand's Privacy Act provides a number of enforcement options to deal with information privacy breaches by organisations holding and using personal information (referred to in the Act as 'agencies'). Those powers have not, however, changed significantly since the Act first received royal assent on 17 May 1993. In the meantime, the internet, social media platforms, smartphones, big data and vast customer databases have been behind an astronomical increase in the scale and sensitivity of personal information collected and used. With that, of course, comes an increased risk of misuse and likelihood of harm.

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